I'm fascinated by codes. When we were younger (who am I kidding, we still use it) my friends and I spoke in our own word game, I practiced writing Da Vinci-style to confuse snooping sisters, and I love the military phonetic alphabet (like Echo Romeo India November). So, when I saw these Morse code necklaces by COATT from Anthropologie, I thought they would be a simple to make gift for my close friends and family with a secret surprise. More after the jump!
(images from Anthropologie)
The one pictured above says "friend." I tried to decode it and got really frustrated, and almost wrote an angry e-mail to Anthropologie then I realized it's photographed backward. Whoops.
Invented by artist Samuel Morse with scientists Joseph Henry and Alfred Vail in 1836, the code was used for sending messages through electronic pulses on the electrical telegraph system they created. Vail used the frequency of certain letters in words to determine the number of dots or dashes for a given letter. Can you imagine trying to create a whole sentence with only those dots and dashes? And we think only 140 characters for a tweet is bad!
Anyway, this is so simple to make into a necklace or bracelet, with things you already have or can swipe from a coffee shop.
Tools and Materials:
Thin colored cord, string, or ribbon
Round metallic beads
Matching tube beads OR coffee stirrers spray painted and cut to almost an inch long.
Decoder chart of Morse code
Use the decoder to come up with a pattern for beading based on a word of your choice. My name, for example, is ./._./../_. (with the slashes to designate a new letter for reading convenience). Using the round beads to represent the dots and tube beads for the dashes, string them onto your cord following the pattern. Longer words, or those with more dashes, might make a better necklace than bracelet.
I tied knots in between letters to distinguish them apart. Can you read what I spelled out on this bracelet?
Simple and heartfelt, these would make the perfect present to carry a secret message.